I am a terrible shopper. Perhaps the worst shopper on the planet. I go through extreme highs and lows in my relationship with shopping. I can be totally calm and reasonable one moment and the next moment I am giving up on all items I have in my arms and running toward the parking lot for safety.
I love thrifting, but if I don’t find something awesome I get cranky.
Shoe shopping is fun for about 25 seconds, then I get annoyed at all the taking off and putting on.
Dress shopping is girly and cute until I realize the I’m too short for this one, too tall for that one, too “hippy” for the other one, too pale, too busty, too poor, the list could go on forever.
Shopping for outdoor recreation gear is incredibly thrilling… until I get to the cash register and I have to give a total stranger my life savings, right arm, and the rights to my first born.
Jean shopping and bathing suit shopping were invented by the Devil to make women way more self-aware than we really should be considering how emotionally unstable some of us already are.
I haven’t really met a type of shopping that works for me and my closet is beginning to reflect that. I can definitely put together some cute ensembles. I have some nice, plain pieces that I put together with a fun scarf or a colorful cardigan and I’m all set for a day in the office. But my clothes are pretty old and a lot of them are hand-me-downs, thrift store finds, and articles of clothing I bought in high school. This is not the wardrobe of an adult.
So, I made the most un-environmentally-friendly decision I could make and I signed up for Stitch Fix, a company that sends me five articles of clothing or accessories once a month (or however often I choose to get a “fix”) and allows me to choose which pieces I want to keep. It’s completely ideal for someone as indecisive and behind on trends as I am. However, it’s definitely not ideal for the environment.
Though the boxes are neatly packed in a small, efficient package, they still have to travel from San Francisco, California all the way to little Athens, Georgia. That’s a lot of fuel and resources I used to get some cute clothes. But, this is one of the sacrifices I decided to make to give into my girly side (and some societal pressures to dress as cute as all those women on Pinterest).
I will go ahead and say this was worth it. I can already feel myself getting more in touch with trends in fashion, even after only one “fix.” Since the title of this post indicates I will review Stitch Fix, here goes:
I have to say that the anticipation was killing me. I waited a month for this adorable little box to arrive:
I tried to contain my enthusiasm and opened the box slowly so as not to miss anything important. Here’s what I got in the package:
So after I looked through everything, I was ready to open up the bundle and check out what I got! Here are photos of each item!
Not surprisingly, the “puritan costume” made me look like I’m boxy and pregnant (both of which I am far from):
Both the blazer and the wrap dress were ADORABLE on, but my boobs apparently felt trapped and kept interfering with the fit. Especially with the dress, I didn’t feel like the pieces were made for busty women.
Luckily, the polka dot top was really adorable and comfortable. Oh, and it actually fit over my boobs. Score!
The necklace was my last dilemma. I ultimately decided to send it back. For my budget, I cannot justify spending $32 on a piece of jewelry I cannot really wear every day. Even though it was really adorable and it came in my absolute favorite color, I let it go.
So I came out of my first “fix” with one item for $58.00. When I deducted the $20 I paid for the styling fee, I only paid $38.00 (aka I paid $58.00 for this entire experience, but I am trying to make myself feel better). It was a really great experience and I will definitely do it again. As long as I continue to budget other parts of my life, I can afford to spend around $60 a month on a fun day of “shopping” in the comfort of my own living room.
The “fixes” are supposed to get better as time goes on and the stylists get to know me better. Perhaps in the future I can even take advantage of the 25% off if I decide to keep all five items!
If you want to try Stitch Fix, check out their website (that’s my referral link)! It was really fun to fill out the Style Profile and overall the experience was worthwhile, not too time-consuming, and not too hard on my wallet. Comment below if you have had a good experience with Stitch Fix or you are looking forward to your next “fix”!